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Simon Coveney: he said  Irish consular staff were in constant communication with stranded Irish citizens and residents. Photograph: Collins

A possible deal between the Taliban and Turkey may allow the evacuation of Irish citizens to resume through Kabul airport in the near future, Irish of(...)

UUP leader Doug Beattie, a former captain with the British army’s Royal Irish Regiment, says the people of Afghanistan have been ‘let down’ by the international community. Photograph: Doug Beattie

As Doug Beattie watches the chaotic scenes of people trying to flee the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, his thoughts are with the Afghans he met, tho(...)

Taliban fighters stand on a vehicle along the roadside in Kandahar on Friday.  Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

The Taliban on Friday captured Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-largest city, and began encircling Kabul, prompting Nato allies to convene a meeting in (...)

Internally displaced Afghans from Kunduz province, who fled their homes due to fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces, take refuge on Monday in a public park in Kabul.  Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP

Taliban militants captured a sixth provincial Afghan capital on Monday, a lawmaker said, after they ousted Afghan security forces from border towns an(...)

Afghans inspect a damaged clinic after air strikes on Lashkar Gah city, capital  of Helmand province, on Sunday. PhotogrPH: Abdul Khaliq/AP

The Taliban continues to gain territory in its violent campaign for control of Afghanistan, stoking strong criticism of the Biden administration’s dec(...)

Afghan security personnel after Taliban shot and killed the media director. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP Photo

The Taliban captured an Afghan provincial capital and assassinated the government’s top media officer in Kabul on Friday, dealing twin high-profile b(...)

Former Mujahideen commander  Ismail Khan (centre) talks with supporters in Herat  on Wednesday after security forces and Khan’s armed militia took back control of parts of the city following a battle with Taliban militants. Photograph: Jalil Rezayee/EPA

The Afghan air force carried out more air strikes against Taliban positions in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, as the insurgent force made additiona(...)

An Afghan National Army commando stands guard on top of a vehicle  in the Enjil district of Herat province on August 1st. Photograph: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images

Habiba was cooking in her home near an abandoned Nato base in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar when a police officer knocked on her door.(...)

 Afghan forces in Lashkar Gah fighting the Taliban. The Afghan city  is one of three provincial capitals under siege by the Taliban as they stepped up their onslaught against government forces. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

Taliban fighters appeared to be on the brink of overrunning the key Afghan provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, as officials confirmed all but one distr(...)

Daniel Stewart ahead of the pack during his cycling days

I still remember my first counsellor’s appointment. “I’m Daniel, good to meet ya.” January is Health Month in The Irish Times. Throughout (...)

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